Business community defy the snow and ice

Date published: 11 February 2019

OVER 50 people attended the latest Professional Oldham business networking group gathering at Oldham Event Centre.

Despite snow and ice, the night was one of Professional Oldham’s best-attended networking events so far. It followed a previously well-attended gathering in November held at the refurbished Hollinwood Business Centre.

Professional Oldham is a not-for-profit group with a steering committee of volunteers from local businesses. The latest night was hosted by Lisa Buckley, capital appeals fundraiser at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice who is also a Professional Oldham volunteer, and Gemma Carling, events manager at the event centre.

Lisa Buckley welcomed guests and outlined Professional Oldham’s development over the past three years. The group has held a variety of events including talks, tours, wine and gin tastings, engineering and manufacturing demonstrations and a barbecue.

Events have been held at venues including the Odeon cinema at Oldham’s redeveloped Old Town Hall, Naked Bean Café, George Street Chapel, Oldham Training Centre, Gallery Oldham, Hack Oldham technology and crafts hub, radio station Revolution 96.2 and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

 Gemma Carling, Steve Coyne & Jade Bewsick
 Gemma Carling, Steve Coyne & Jade Bewsick 

In addition to focusing on networking events for local businesses, Lisa explained that the networking group also supports local charity activities including the hospice and a £1,000 donation was to be presented to the hospice.